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Four Fires | [Bryce Courtenay]

Four Fires

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.
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Publisher's Summary

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

©2010 Bryce Courtenay; ©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Humphrey Bower, speaking as Mole, delivers every possible nuance and emotion of his character’s story, and shows a startling aptitude for other dialects as well. Close family friends and enemies include surviving Polish Jews, an East Indian healer, an Irish Catholic priest, Japanese prison camp soldiers, and many others. All of them, young and old, male and female, spring to vivid life in Bower’s versatile voice. Narrative passages and dialogue elicit tears and laughter by turns, without a minute of boredom in the 30-hour production." (AudioFile magazine)

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    Stan United States 01-15-11
    Stan United States 01-15-11

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    "stunning"

    first rate story telling. I am an American and Australia is opened to me by this book and his others on the land down under.

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    Keithwsr Charlotte, NC United States 12-19-13
    Keithwsr Charlotte, NC United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less brogue


    Has Four Fires turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I love Down Under stories


    What didn’t you like about Humphrey Bower’s performance?

    I got tired of the accent he was forced to use


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-11-13
    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the story - hated the bad language"

    Had to keep listening because the story is really good, but probably won't listen to any more by this author because the language ruined the listening experience. Great performance by the reader.

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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    I loved The Power of One so I ventured to another Courtenay book. It was good but a bit long and kind of predictable.


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    Meredith Montreal, QC, Canada 02-12-11
    Meredith Montreal, QC, Canada 02-12-11 Member Since 2005
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    "when is it going to get interesting???"

    This book was quite tedious. I kept wondering when it was going to live up to the high reviews. There is a mildly interesting but difficult to read part about three quarters of the way through but the rest was a snooze.

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    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 01-28-11
    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Colossal Bore!"

    I can't believe that other reviewers compared this to Courtenay's brilliant book The Power Of One. This one falls so short of that mark that the two should not be mentioned in the same paragraph. I have read many other of this author's books and in my opinion this one is the worst. Everyone is different and I know that many people loved this book, but for me it was shallow, predictable and trite.

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